Buble trying for show full of his best
By Kellie B. Gormly
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 6:20 p.m.
So, maybe singers do say this all the time. But in Michael Buble's case, it really is true, he swears: This current, 40-city American tour, which comes to Consol Energy Center on Sept. 20, will give his fans the best Buble concert ever.
“To say that the show that I have now is not 10 times better than (his last tour) would be to devalue this show,” says Buble, the multiple Grammy-winning Canadian crooner and songwriter. “This is really something special. I'm in a different place; I'm more-seasoned. Production is massive, and it's far, far more music-heavy.”
Fans still will get an encore, but don't expect him to save the best for last, Buble says.
“I'm not saving my hits until the end of the night,” he says. “It's just hit after hit after hit.”
Buble says his new-and-improved concert mirrors his new album, “To Be Loved,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart — his fourth, consecutive No. 1 album — when it came out in April. Buble, who wrote four songs on this album, says he took extra care with this album, poring over every note, and sculpting the music to reflect the happy place where Buble is in life now.
“I think that I personally felt that it was time for me to elevate as an artist, as a writer, as a performer,” he says. “I really took the time to process. ... If I wanted this to be as good as I wanted it to be, I'd have to work even harder and even smarter.
“The word is ‘ambitious,' ” Buble says. “I've been hugely ambitious. I wanted it to be ... wonderful, I wanted it to be intimate and I wanted it to be real.
“When you see it, you'll get it,” he says. “If you're not there, you'll wish you had been.”
“To Be Loved” includes the single, “It's a Beautiful Day,” which Buble calls an “anti-love” song, but with a happy ending. It describes getting dumped by a flame, but then discovering that it was the best thing to happen to you. Another popular song, which Buble co-wrote, is “Close Your Eyes,” which he wrote not only about his wife, but all women in general, he says.
“The song came alive. I think people get their own message about it,” Buble says about “Close Your Eyes.” “I think it's about the strength that we give each other in partnership ... not just in romantic partnerships, but with parent, teachers, friends and confidants.”
Buble and his wife, Argentinian model Luisana Lopilato, welcomed baby Noah, their first child, in Vancouver on Aug. 27. The thrilled new dad has altered his touring schedule to accommodate his new family life. Instead of touring for weeks or months on end, Buble is touring for two weeks, then going home to his family for two weeks. This schedule benefits more than just his wife and son, because he gets to rest and avoid burnout, Buble says.
“It makes a better show for people. I come out and I'm fresh,” he says. On schedules with longer touring stints lacking breaks, “you get to the fifth week and your voice is shot.”
Since becoming a dad, Buble says two songs from his albums have more meaning for him now: the classics “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “Young at Heart,” which begin and end, respectively, the track list of “To Be Loved.”
“I love the message that you're only as old as you feel,” says Buble, who enjoys looking at his concert audiences and seeing everyone from little kids to octogenarians.
“I'm 37,” Buble says, “and I feel 18.”
Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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